Take a weekend out of the city on Rottnest Island.
How to Get There: Rottnest Express offers hour-and-a-half-long ferries from Perth.
What to Do: This vacation spot, popular among locals, is often associated with two things: quokkas, the adorable and sociable marsupials that hop all over the island, and beaches that will leave you slack-jawed. Rent a home and eat out often. The island’s restaurants serve lots of rock lobster, which is plentiful in these waters thanks to sustainable fishing practices.
This appeared in the August/September 2015 issue.